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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Cotton Cossies

 I have spent a considerable amount of time with my thoughts totally on designing a bikini  in cotton that has no zip! Here is my first sample pair of Vintage inspired cotton bikinis......


 The thing I adore about this bikini top is the supportive bra like fit. This is very similar to the 1960's bikini tops that actually had dart fitting. Because they are made from cotton you have the fabric support which does not droop when it is wet! we all know that feeling after you emerge from the surf  discovering you need to tuck your boobs back in :)
 The bikini is fully lined with swimwear lycra lining . These knickers are fabulous! They have a panel of shirring down each side which is comfy and snuggy. I added the gathered skirt front , which is very flattering and hides a little tummy too :) 
 Trimmed with funky ric rac, which is a total definite for retro vintage cute things , lol..... 
I chose quilting cotton to make these in as there are a zillion fabric patterns to chose from which have a quirky vintage feel. It also has great durability and strength in every day wear!!! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

1950's Style Tea Dress




The pattern of this dress was drafted from an original 1950's tiny dress, they were so small in those days, you have to breathe right in to try and do the zip up!  This one here is a size 10 and is made from a beautiful crisp cotton in this gorgeous yellow floral.


Bodice has front cross over panels with slight tucking. This is such a comfy dress to wear as the sleeves have underarm gussets which give great arm movement with a slender look, very popular in the 50's. This dress is available , and can be made to order. $180.



Of course no Tea Dress is fully complete without a tulle petticoat!! 


Dress and petticoat , makes the waist look so tiny :)
so you don't have to breathe in :) 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Cotton Day Dress


I always am excited when I see dresses which capture the beauty of the fashion our mothers wore. I still remember as a child looking through mums photos from when she was young and dating, admiring the dresses she had. There is a feminine beauty from yesteryear which is timeless and loved by many women of today. 


This is a beautiful pattern for a cotton day dress. The bodice has bust and waist darts, with tucks stitched in at the front and back neck line. The skirt has been cut on the bias which gives a beautiful floaty feel. Small cap sleeves and a back invisible zipper. Very comfy dress to wear, so light and cool. 
Available at Vintage Stitches.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Satin Flower Girl

                                                     Flower girl dresses are such a delight to make. Here is Remi in her cream satin gown looking 
adorable. 

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Remi's dress was drafted from a picture her mother had drawn, after I took Remi's measurements I was able to start creating. Remi came in for one fitting, to check the zip placement and measure the hem. She was almost jumping out of her skin when the dress was finally ready for her to wear, such a long wait for a little princess :) 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cute Cotton Cossies


I am just loving making these cute cotton Cossies. This pair have been adapted from my first sample pattern, working with a fit that is more comfy. It is so much fun matching the vintage buttons and  ric rac trim with the fabric pattern. There are some lovely fabrics around especially the quilting fabs. I will be finalising the patterns soon and grading them for size. Then a new range will be available for sale!! 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Roz in Quilting Fab


Roz my niece, gorgeous and sweet in a dress made from quilting cotton. This dress has cotton lace, hand dyed in coffee to give a vintage feel. Fitted bodice with neckline paneling and contrast cotton insert. An A line skirt and fitted sleeves. Centre back zipper.
The quilting cotton is beautiful to sew, has a lovely feel to wear and is very durable. I also find there is a large range of pattern designs and colours to chose from, especially vintage inspired. 
Perfect for a summer cotton dress.

Vintage Inspired Swimwear

Shirring across the back gives a snug fit

Ric rac feature on bikini top and front skirt

Original vintage buttons

Slight gathers down the side flatter the figure

Vintage Stitches new swimwear design, featuring a very
flattering cotton maillot.
Designed for the feminine loving 50's bomshell.
Made from quilting cotton and lined with poly stretch.
The back panel is shirred with strong rubber shirring elastic, which gives a snug flattering fit. Front bodice has stitched in darts for added support, gathered at the centre front with vintage buttons and ric rac feature to finish.
The front panel has been designed especially to flatter the figure with slight gathers down the side seams and fitting poly stretch lining.
Perfect for the modern vintage loving girl who has gorgeous curves and real womanly shape!